“Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”.
Emma Rose Wiggins was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in June 2018. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is a teacher.
She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in June 2018
“I found a lump in my neck area and went for an ultrasound. The lump was okay but they found out I had thyroiditis and that I had a lump in one side of my thyroid. So a few months later after having tests and a biopsy, I was told I needed to get half of my thyroid removed. In June of this year I had the operation and had the right half of my thyroid taken out as the lump was inside the gland.
The lump was tested and it came back that it was cancer. After healing I then had more scans and was told the cancer hasn’t spread but that I have 2 swollen lymph nodes. They couldn’t get to the lymph nodes to do a biopsy as they were behind my collar bones so I’ve to wait until October to get more tests and I now have to take thyroxine daily.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“My family and the fear of not being able to spend my life with them. Especially my 15 year old sister as I’m very close to her and don’t want to miss out on seeing her grow up. Also I’m only 25 and recently got engaged and have just got my first house. I have so much ahead of me to look forward to and don’t want to miss any of it.”
“Feeling helpless and lost. I was worrying all the time and still am as I’m always left not knowing if I’m okay or not. I also have coeliac disease so this causes a lot of problems on top of everything else.”
Message to other cancer patients
“To never give up and keep believing in yourselves. I am the biggest worrier ever and I struggled but I am so glad I got the operation and found out in time or things could have been so different. Everyone around helps so much and you are never alone in it.”